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Country of origin  South Korea
Final episode date  27 September 2009
Number of seasons  1

Also known as  The Iron Empress
First episode date  3 January 2009
Number of episodes  78
Language  Korean
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Written by  Son Young-mok Lee Sang-min Kang Young-ran
Directed by  Shin Chang-suk Hwang In-hyuk
Starring  Chae Shi-ra Kim Suk-hoon Choi Jae-sung Lee Deok-hwa Kim Ho-jin Shin Ae
Opening theme  "Opening" (various artists)
Genres  Korean drama, Drama, History, Historical drama
Similar  Dae Jo Yeong, King Sejong the Great, The King's Dream, Queen Seondeok, Ja Myung Go

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Empress Cheonchu (Hangul: 천추태후; Hanja: 千秋太后; RR: Cheonchu Taehu; also known as The Iron Empress) is a 2009 South Korean period television series based on the title character, an actual historical figure and her lifelong struggle to protect the country her ancestors built. The granddaughter of Goryeo Dynasty founder Taejo Wanggeon, the empress ruled as the regent for her son Mokjong, the dynasty's seventh ruler. Determined to realize her ambitious goals for the kingdom of Goryeo, she dons armor, battles against foreign invaders, and tramples her lover, her son and brother in her rise to power.


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The drama is based on the historical Dowager Queen Empress Cheonchu of the Goryeo, who fought against the Liao Dynasty in order to achieve her Grandfather's personal dream of reclaiming old lands lost over the years to other associated tribes and countries such as the Khitans and some Jurchens.

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The series largely revolves around her desire to influence and win back her son (later known as Mokjong) from her brother Seongjong when he decided to have his nephew succeed him as ruler. Seongjong deemed her unacceptable to raise the boy in preparation of his future as Emperor and has his barren wife raise the boy as their son.

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This causes a lot of conflict between Seongjong and his sister despite their continual working together to maintain the country from external and internal threats such as the Khitan invasion and various royal court intrigues and power struggles.

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There are several liberties taken in the series the most obvious is that Mokjong is depicted as having epilepsy which is part of the reason General Gang Jo later removes him from ruling the country. There are no known records supporting the supposition that the historical Mokjong had epilepsy.


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  • Chae Shi-ra as Hwangbo Soo / Empress Cheonchu
  • Kim Suk-hoon as Kim Chi-yang
  • Choi Jae-sung as Gang Jo
  • Lee Deok-hwa as General Gang Gam-chan
  • Kim Ho-jin as Wang Uk / Prince Gyeongju (Gyeongjuwongun)
  • Shin Ae as Hwangbo Seol / Empress Heonjeong (the Empress's younger sister)
  • Extended cast

  • Ban Hyo-jung as Empress Sinjeong (Taejo's 4th wife)
  • Lee Young-ah as Empress Daemok (Gyeongjong's mother)
  • Choi Cheol-ho as Gyeongjong (The 5th Emperor and the Empress's husband)
  • Kim Myung-soo as Seongjong (The 6th Emperor and the Empress's older brother)
  • Moon Jung-hee as Empress Munhwa / Lady Kim (Seongjong's 2nd wife)
  • Lee Hyun-kyung as Empress Mundeok / Lady Yu (Seongjong's 1st wife)
  • Lee In as Mokjong (The 7th Emperor and the Empress's son)
  • Lee In-hye as Empress Seonjeong (Mokjong's wife)
  • Kim Ji-hoon as Hyeonjong (The 8th Emperor and Empress Heonjeong's son)
  • Park Si-eun as Empress Wonjeong (Hyeonjong's wife)
  • Im Hyuk as Seo Hui (Minister of Foreign Affairs)
  • Jeon Moo-song as Lee Ji-baek
  • Won Suk-yeon as Lee Kyum-ui
  • Lee Ki-yeol as Choi Sum
  • Kim Byung-ki as Kim Won-seung
  • Kim Jong-kyeol as Choi Ryang
  • Kim Ha-kyun as Choi Hang
  • Park Ji-il as Kim Shim-eon
  • Oh Wook-chul as Jo
  • Jo Byung-kyun as Lee Yang
  • Lee Joon-woo as Seol Shin-yoo
  • Jeon Seong-hwan as Choi Ji-mong
  • Maeng Ho-rim as Park Yang-yoo
  • Im Byung-ki as Han Un-kong
  • Choi Jun-yong as Lee Hyun-woon
  • Choi Dong-joon as Dae Do-soo
  • Park Cheol-ho as Kim Hoon
  • Choi Wang-soon as Choi Jil
  • Lee Won-bal as Yoo Bang
  • Hong Il-kwon as Yang Kyu
  • Shim Hye-jin as Empress Xiao of Liao
  • Jang Dong-jik as Emperor Shengzong of Liao
  • Oh Gun-woo as young Emperor Shengzong of Liao
  • Ji Dae-han as So Son-nyung
  • Jung Heung-chae as So Bae-ap
  • Kim Myeong-kuk as Ya Yool Juk Ryeol
  • Kim Sung-Hyun as Ya Yool Boon No
  • Lee Han-sol as Ya Wool Moo Ki
  • Hong In-young as Chun Hyang-bi
  • Kim Ye-won as young Chun Hyang-bi
  • Lee Chae-young as Sa Il-ra
  • Kim Hyeong-min as Sa Ka-moon
  • Jung Jin as Ko Hyun
  • Ahn Hae-sook as court lady Yoon
  • Kim Mi-ra as Lee Seol-hwa
  • Kim So-eun as young Hwangbo Soo
  • Park Eun-bin as young Hwangbo Seol
  • Kim Min-ji as young Lady Kim
  • Han Bo-bae as young Seonjeong
  • Park Ji-bin as young Mokjong
  • Choi Woo-hyuk as young Seongjong
  • References

    Empress Cheonchu Wikipedia

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